Video posted by StonieFlix to Twitter of protest INSIDE the DC "Metro" (subway system) after rally demanding a NO vote on a proposal to expand Metro Transit Police powers.
Sep 7, Black Lives Matter and transit activists rallied at Columbia
Heights Civic Plaza to demand that the WMATA (Metro) board vote NO on
the proposal to expand Metro police powers. This vote originally
scheduled for July 29 was postponed to Sep 9 after WMATA board member
Tom Bulger received a protest at his home on July 27.
The proposal in question would allow Metro transit police to bar
anyone charged (not convicted but only charged) with a laundry list of
offenses from riding Metrobus and Metrorail. ACLU studies indicating
this proposal would lead to more police stops of Black and Brown riders.
It also would block people not only from getting to work or school, but
even to court hearings and probation hearings stemming from the very
arrests (not convictions) triggering the ban on riding Metro trains and
busses. Many of these riders do not have cars and are not in their own
walking or bike range of their jobs-or the courthouse. The so-called
"justice" system in the US is supposed to presume people innocent until
proven guilty, this proposal would let Metro's notoriously racist police
force reverse this, with riders considered guilty until proven innocent
and riding after this presumption risking a trespassing arrest.